Dr Lori Heise PhD
About Lori Heise
Associate Professor in Social Epidemiology; Co-Research Director of STRIVE, a research consortium tackling the structural drivers of HIV; Co-investigator of "What works to prevent VAWG".
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Lori Heise’s career in women’s health and HIV/AIDS spans more than two decades and bridges the worlds of research, policy, and civil society engagement. She is an internationally recognized expert on the dimensions, causes and prevention of intimate partner violence and served on the core research team of the WHO Multi-country study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence. She is author of “What works to prevent partner violence: An evidence-based review” and co-author of “Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Advocates.”
Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where she serves as Co-Research Director of STRIVE, an international research consortium dedicated to studying the structural drivers of HIV, including gender inequalities, stigma and criminalization, lack of livelihood options and alcohol use and harmful drinking norms.
In addition, she heads up the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), a consortium of individuals working to advance research and practice on preventing violence against children and is co-investigator on a DFID-funded research collaboration designed to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative strategies to reduce violence against women and girls.
Prior to joining LSHTM, she spearheaded a 20-year effort to address the HIV prevention needs of women. As founding Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), she built an international network of advocates working to expand HIV prevention options and to encourage ethical research that involves communities and civil society.
Co-course organiser: Public Health, Ethics and Human Rights.
Tutor: Social Epidemiology, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Supervision: Msc students and 3 PhD candidates, including one investigating transactional sex in South Africa, another studying alcohol use and HIV in Karnataka India, and a third exploring social norms that perpetuate domestic violence in Tanzania.
Heise’s current research focuses on prevention of intimate partner violence and the sexual exploitation of children. She is also using mixed methods to explore how social norms perpetuate different forms of violence. In her role as Research Director of STRIVE, she overseas many research projects designed to evaluate whether intervening “upstream” on factors such as gender norms, stigma and discrimination, insecure livelihoods, and alcohol misuse, can decrease people’s risk of HIV.
- Mixed methods
- Public health
- Social and structural determinants of health
- Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
- Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
- South Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
- South Africa
- Alcohol policy in developing countries
- Child sexual exploitation
- Ethics And Human Rights
- Gender-based violence
- HIV prevention
- Measuring and transforming social norms
- Microbicides and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP)
- Prevention of partner violence
- Public health ethics
- Transactional sex
'SASA! is the medicine that treats violence'. Qualitative findings on how a community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women created change in Kampala, Uganda.
Kyegombe, N. ; Starmann, E. ; Devries, K.M. ; Michau, L. ; Nakuti, J. ; Musuya, T. ; Watts, C. ; Heise, L. ;
Glob Health Action, 2014; 7:25082
Can the UNAIDS modes of transmission model be improved?: a comparison of the original and revised model projections using data from a setting in west Africa.
Prudden, H.J.; Watts, C.H.; Vickerman, P.; Bobrova, N.; Heise, L.; Ogungbemi, M.K.; Momah, A.; Blanchard, J.F.; Foss, A.M.;
AIDS, 2013; 27(16):2623-2635
Cash transfers for HIV prevention: considering their potential.
Heise, L. ; Lutz, B. ; Ranganathan, M. ; Watts, C. ;
J Int AIDS Soc, 2013; 16(1):18615
Gender-based violence and socioeconomic inequalities: Does living in more deprived neighbourhoods increase women's risk of intimate partner violence?
Kiss, L.; Schraiber, L.B.; Heise, L.; Zimmerman, C.; Gouveia, N.; Watts, C.;
Soc Sci Med, 2012; 74(8):1172-9
Brazilian policy responses to violence against women: Government strategy and the help-seeking behaviors of women who experience violence.
Kiss, L.; d'Oliveira, A.F.; Zimmerman, C.; Heise, L.; Schraiber, L.B.; Watts, C.;
Health Hum Rights, 2012; 14(1):E64-77
Moving beyond single-issue priority setting: associations between gender inequality & HIV infection, early pregnancy and higher fertility in Malawi
Stöckl, H.; Heise, L.; Watts, C.H.
Aids 2012, 2012;
What factors are associated with recent intimate partner violence? findings from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence.
Abramsky, T. ; Watts, C.H. ; Garcia-Moreno, C. ; Devries, K. ; Kiss, L. ; Ellsberg, M. ; Jansen, H.A. ; Heise, L. ;
BMC Public Health, 2011; 11:109
Intimate partner violence and women's physical and mental health in the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence: an observational study.
Ellsberg, M.; Jansen, H.A.; Heise, L.; Watts, C.H.; Garcia-Moreno, C.; WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study Team, (also including Rodrigues, LC;)
Lancet, 2008; 371(9619):1165-72
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